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C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.

Stage (See Acting)

The stage***is the mirror of human life.

William Winter.

  • The world’s a theatre, the earth a stage
  • Which God and nature do with actors fill.
  • T. Heywood.

  • All the world’s a stage,
  • And all the men and women merely players:
  • They have their exits and their entrances;
  • And one man in his time plays many parts.
  • Shakespeare.

  • The stage I chose—a subject fair and free—
  • ’Tis yours—’tis mine—’tis public property.
  • All common exhibitions open lie,
  • For praise or censure, to the common eye.
  • Hence are a thousand hackney writers fed;
  • Hence monthly critics earn their daily bread.
  • This is a general tax which all must pay,
  • From those who scribble, down to those who play.
  • Churchill.